Mandy the cat! πŸ˜»

This is Mandy, our former church cat. She was adopted recently, but nobody can forget her sweet face! Hope you love her as much as I do.

Love,

LibLou ❀

Blueberry Lemon Bars

You may have noticed that recently I’ve been obsessed with lemon and blueberry. Not only are they one of the best food combinations, but they scream summer! These bars are super delicious and easy. I know you will enjoy these fresh treats.

To find the recipe I used click here,Β however, I changed the recipe up a little.

For the crust you will need:

1 1/2 cup graham crackers

6 tablespoons of butter, melted

1/4 a cup of sugar

Zest of one lemon

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

For the filling:

2 large egg yolks

1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk

1/2 a cup of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

1 cup of fresh blueberries

Directions:

To start, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Celsius. Grease an 8 x 8-inch pan. Microwave the butter for about 3 10-second intervals until melted. I would recommend putting a paper towel on top to prevent the butter from getting in your microwave in case it splatters. Add the lemon juice to the butter and set aside. I didn’t use fresh lemon juice for this, but you can.

To make the crust, you can mix everything in a bowl, but I used a measuring cup. This way you have one fewer dish to wash. πŸ˜‰ Measure out the graham crackers in the cup. What I did was put an entire sleeve of them into the cup, crush them, and then add about another 1/2 a sleeve and finish crushing. Instead of using a plastic bag and a utensil, I used the end of a rolling pin to finely crush the crackers. A quick tip: make sure to crush them super well. I didn’t do that to mine and ended up having some chunks.

Next, I zested the lemon into the graham crackers. Add the butter and lemon liquid to the crackers and stir until combined. This should leave you with a crust that you can work with.

Bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, you can begin on the filling. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. For the juice, I was only able to get about 1/4 a cup of it fresh. For the rest, I just used store bought. Whip the mixture for about 5 minutes or until it thickens up slightly. Fold in the blueberries and voila!

Once the crust has come out and cooled a little, put in the filling. Spread it out evenly and bake it for 15 minutes or until set. I was not sure what it meant to be set, but the filling started to pull away from the pan and the edges were golden brown. This let me know mine was done. Now, the recipe called for you to let the bars cool completely and then put them in the fridge. I, however, was pressed for time. Instead, I let them cool for about 5 minutes and then put plastic wrap on top and put them in the fridge. I do not know if this would make a difference, but the bars turned out great!

These bars are super easy and yummy. In fact, they tasted like key lime pie to me… hmmmm. Of course, that’s not a bad thing. I hope you make em’!

Love,

LibLou ❀

Lemon Blueberry Muffins πŸ‹

Last Summer, I wrote about this fabulous blueberry muffin recipe. Now, all you’ve got to do is add some lemon to make lemon blueberry muffins! To see the blueberry muffin recipe, click here.

I would suggest clicking that link before continuing because you will need a basic understanding of the recipe.

To make the lemon blueberry muffins, you will need all the ingredients for the blueberry muffins, plus 1 lemon.

To put the lemon in these wonderful muffins, add 3+ tablespoons of lemon juice. Now, I say 3+ because I added 3 tablespoons and could not taste the lemon at all. I’d suggest bumping it up to at least 5. I’d never baked with lemons, so add what you think is enough. Please comment the perfect amount of lemon so I know what to do next time!

What I did next is put lemon zest on top of every muffin before baking. However, I realized afterwards that you should probably wait until after the muffins are cooked to put on the fresh lemon zest. I say this because the lemon zest burned and I could no longer taste it.

Another idea I had was to mix together lemon juice and powdered sugar. This will make a nice glaze to put on top of the muffins and surely will add a nice zing of lemon. Add more powdered sugar to make the glaze thick, and add more lemon juice to thin it out.

Since I was purely experimenting, there are some changes that I suggested for you to make but these muffins will turn out great! I hope you make these perfect combo muffins!

Enjoy!

Love,

LibLou ❀

July 4! How to keep your dog safe.

July 4 can be an entertaining, fun holiday. I love making yummy summer treats and spending time with fiends and family. As much fun as this is for some of us, it isn’t for the dogs. So, here are 5 tips and tricks to help scared dogs on the 4th.

1) Let your dogs out before the fireworks go off. Usually people wait until the sun has set before the show begins. Make sure your dog has gone to bathroom, as they most likely won’t later.

2) Give your dog a Benadryl before the fireworks. It takes a little while for this to kick in, so you don’t want to wait too long. Also, if your dog won’t swallow it, hold his/her head up and rub his/her neck. Wait until their tongue pokes out before you let go. The alternative is for you to wrap it in some cheese or stick it in peanut butter.

3) Have blankets nearby. Our dogs seem to be comforted when they are hidden under a blanket.

4) Make sure your pets are secured indoors when the fireworks begin. You don’t want your dog to run away out of fear.

5) Be there for your dog! Offer your cuddles and hugs. A dog loves their owner(s) very much and is most comforted with you/you all around!

I hope you find this helpful today. Happy 4th of July and stay safe!

Love,

LibLou ❀